Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial Baltic PorterSouthampton Imperial Baltic Porter
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Southampton Imperial Baltic PorterSouthampton Imperial Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Todd on 02-13-2003

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Ratings: 377 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness tulip pint.

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head.

S: Soft earthy hops and light maltiness. There is a slightly unpleasant metallic aroma to this.

T: Fortunately, the flavour picks up. Its rich, but clean. Hop presence is very minimal and roasty, cocoa notes dominate.

D: Mouthfeel is thin, but this goes down smooth and easy. Very well balanced.

Overall: I know the brewmaster at Southampton has a habit of exploring the historical roots of beers; it appears that this is the result of such an experiment. It falls somewhere between foreign extra stout and strong dark lager, which is what these beers most likely tasted like back in the day. As opposed to today, where Baltic porter has become synonymous with imperial stout.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Purchased as part of a 6-pack at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $10.49.

A: Not quite black but very attractive dark brown with ruby highlights crowned with a light beige 1-2 finger head with good retention but a disappointing few bubbles of lacing.

S: A well-integrated mix of caramel, roast, chocolate, licorice, cherries, and coffee finished with a light touch of smokiness and earthy hops.

T: The flavor is solid with robust dark maltiness with just the right amount of musty character to go with the caramel and dark fruit raisin and black cherry notes. The coffee and chocolate come through more with warming. Hops are not the focus but provide pretty substantial bitterness with some earthy features.

M: Prickly carbonation is a bit odd for the style but does help to keep this from being overly heavy.

O: Southampton's stabs at these core beers are generally well-crafted and occasionally outstanding (see Double White), and this one falls in the well-craft and very good camp. Will be a good call for those that like a sweet note to their porter.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a tan foam head. Not much retention, no lace.

Good dark roasted malt. Some coffee, bitter chocolate, maybe some molasses, but I'm reaching a bit here. No aroma of alcohol.

This drinks alot like a standard porter, but just a bit richer. Decent coffee and some chocolate notes. Leads in with a little richness, some sweetness, but it is pushed out by the bitterness of the malt. Not over hopped, and actually hard to detect any. No real alcohol on the tongue either. Long coffee bitterness in the finish. Good.

Medium to fuller bodied. Some prickly carbonation.

Overall, not quite the Baltic I'd want, but not a substandard beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of dark chocolate, dark caramels, fruity yeast and a hint of roastiness combine, I was expecting a little more as all the above are a bit mellowed.
The tastes begin with burnt dark caramels and a lighter sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly the coffee/bitterness is retrained which is usually a major characteristic of this style. It finishes dry with dark chocolate flavors and a touch more roastiness as it warms.
The mouthfeel is smooth and lush. It's medium-full bodied. It has a delicate yet restrained carbonation that leaves a clean finish/flavor on the palate. Overall a good example of the style, restrained definitely compared to other verions, but that is acceptable considering the lower ABV level in the category. Recommended for the quality/pricepoint alone.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours a very dark brown, almost black. Two-inch off-white head settles after a short time. Lacing is sparse and patchy.

S: Caramel, toffee, molasses, and powdery chocolate. Grape and cherry esters. Mild alcohol. Hops seem floral and spicy in an earthy/herbal way.

T: Roasted grains, toffee, molasses. Faint hint of coco powder. Grape esters and a subtle hint of tart cherry. Hops are floral and grassy. Finishes with mild alcohol, syrupy molasses, and the faintest kiss of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Prickly carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, especially for the style.

Notes: Has a very Old-World feel to it. Nice to see a brewery willing to offer something like this, rather than the typical too-big-for-its-britches RIS. A good solid beer that drinks very well.

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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque blackish mahogany, with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like milk chocolate and dry earthy coffee, with roasted barley and sweet molasses.
T: It tasted like dry chocolate and roasted coffee, with some sweet caramel and brown sugar. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty good, but a bit too fizzy.
D: This was very nice and tasty, with good balance and nice body. It hid the alcohol well also, so it was easy to drink. This was one of the sweeter imperial porters I've tried, which was favorable given my sweet tooth. Given the flavor profile, this beer might be best fresh, but who knows what might happen in the cellar. Recommended either way.

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Photo of rye726
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending me this as an extra. Always love trying new beers. Pours a dark color, tan head. Not much going on here. Some roasty malts and hops. Light body a bit over carbonated. Average at best. Southampton makes such a variety of quality of brews.

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to try this twice when I was in BK last week since it was on tap at a couple different places. Pours dark brown with amber highlights and a tiny little head. roast and coffee and a little sweetness. Thin body, thin mouthfeel, nothing lingers, nothing exciting really. It's too sweet for how thin it is, and it's overall just not very enjoyable. Had to try it again on a different tap line just in case. Not really too happy with this beer.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful pour in a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown to black with a creamy head that fades to a crema-like coating.

Smells of smoke, dark malts and maybe some chocolate. I noticed the mouthfeel right away. It's medium to full and layers the palate in a good way. The taste is decent. Different too. It's smokey and bittersweet. The bitterness doesn't seem to come from hops and it's not a burnt flavor either. It's really not very sweet, and that sets it apart from other porters that I've had. This is a unique and pleasant porter.

I wouldn't want to drink two in a row, but you could if that was your fancy. I rate the drinkability as average.

Southampton Imperial Porter is worth a try for anyone who likes porters that are less sweet than average with a smokey quality.

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Photo of tronester
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, but not quite black. Thin tan head. Smells strongly of freshly ground espresso beans. Taste is some vinous wine qualities up front, with a pumpernickel bread middle, and a woody, earthy hop finish. Finishes quite clean for a higher alcohol beer. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin, good carbonation. Good drinkability. A nice Baltic Porter that I would get again.

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown that appears black in the glass. One finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Light, spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Nice rich malty aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, licorice, and the slightest hint of smoke.

The malt also gives the beer a rich taste. Not overly sweet which I liked. Flavor is mostly chocolate with a hint of cherries and licorice. There is a subtle smokiness in the finish. Alcohol is barely detectable.

I would of liked a little bigger body but it is very nicely carbonated giving the beer a soft texture.

A good example of a Baltic Porter. Not to the elite level of the style but has some good qualities.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle after work. Has a really smooth, almost velvety feel on the front end, a snap of carbonation in the middle and ends with a bit of burn from the booze. I got a strong taste of fruit, maybe white grape in the front end, and dark chocolate and coffee in the end. Overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is black to dark brown with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head after the pour is tan, small, and quick.

The aroma has plums stewed in a roasty brown ale. Then you get some light coffee and a little dark chocolate with vanillin zucker.

Syrupy palate upfront, along with some roasted, dark fruits. The middle has the bubbly pop of carbonation, then some dark cheap coffee and dark chocoalte mix. The finish is velvety on the tongue with a chocolate finish and alcohol linger.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours a half finger of beige head. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Rich and roasted. A lot of malts. Some smokiness. Some plums, molasses, and licorice. Some other dark fruits. Not to bad.

Taste: Very rich and malty. Caramel and toffee malts with licorice and plums with some other dried fruits. Roasted here with notes of smoke and bacon.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with smoked malts.

Overall, not a bad baltic porter. It was really smokey, but it worked with this beer. Decent drinkability.

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Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 377 ratings
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